Welcome Back Community Newsletter

From the Desk of Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone Leader

A Message From Mr. Dorsey

Welcome back Sand Creek Zone Families! To start the year, I have been in and out of classrooms throughout the zone. I appreciate your support and enthusiasm as our students return to school. Our teachers have been working hard building relationships with our learners. The first few days are critical to making our students feel comfortable in a new climate and getting them excited to learn for the rest of the school year.

We will continue to focus on our Zone Plan, emphasizing actions aligned with the four pillars: Student Success, People, Service, and Innovation/Growth. You can access the zone plan here. In addition, the zone has its own goals and action steps put in place to ensure student success on our Score Card. Please take a minute to review our zone scorecard to get a sense of how we are progressing toward those goals.

Rounding with parent, staff and student groups will continue throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Once per semester, I will provide a rounding summary to share what I have learned. I have posted the rounding summary from last spring below. I have added what was working well, action steps we are currently working through, and opportunities for improvement. If you were a part of the feedback that went into this, I appreciate the information given and am working hard to move all of the items to green.

In the event you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The best way to reach me is via email at sdorsey@d49.org. I will do my best to respond within 24 hours…usually sooner. Have a great day and a great school year.

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Renaissance Already Underway at HMS

Isabella Cruz, Zoe Maher and Martin Depner, all eighth-graders at Horizon Middle School, have made the list of Renaissance Program students every quarter so far during their middle school academic career. With one more year at HMS, they want to finish as strongly as they started.

The Renaissance Program is a national program that encourages attendance, enhances school pride and promotes academics. Students can qualify for three different levels – gold, black and red – based on each quarter’s grade point average and not having any behavioral referrals. A GPA of a perfect 4.0 is required for gold recognition, along with no disciplinary referrals. Martin has achieved gold level status every quarter.

Right now, HMS has over 400 students who are a part of Renaissance, 54 who have a perfect 4.0. HMS Teachers will host a Renaissance Assembly Friday, August 23rd to celebrate student success in academics. Check out the full article.

Fox 21 at Remington

Matt Meister, Meteorologist at Fox 21, hosted his morning weather report from Remington Elementary on August 1st. Matt interviewed students, parents, teachers and administration to gauge their excitement for the first day of school. Some teachers blew bubbles to welcome students in while others held up posters and cheered. The excitement for the first day was felt and Remington was featured through the entire 4 hour news cast. Thank you Matt for highlighting the Sand Creek Zone!

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to all of our Teacher of the Year Winners for the 2018-2019 School Year! These accomplished individuals were recognized at the Board Meeting on August 8th by building leaders, parents and students for all of their hard work and dedication to District 49. Read more here!

Erika Siemieniec - SCHS

William Yerger - HMS

Linda Hagedorn - SRES

Bianca Rimbach - EIES

Karen Parks - RES

Zone Kick Off

The Sand Creek Zone kicked-off the school year with a zone-wide BBQ lunch and presentation from guest speaker Kenyon Salo who inspired the group say “yes” now and figure out the how after. Kenyon Salo is one of the top trainers, facilitators, and keynote speakers in the fields of motivation, inspiration, and adventure. One of only five members on the Denver Broncos Thunderstorm Skydive Team, he is seen each week during game season flying into the Denver Broncos Stadium at 60+mph, ending with a soft tip-toe landing on the ten yard line. Check out some highlights from the event in the video below!


HMS WEB Leaders Welcome 6th Graders

The WEB Leaders of HMS did a variety of activities with 6th graders on the first transition day including tours of the school, getting to know you activities and giving them strategies to help them to get through middle school.

WEB, Where Everybody Belongs, has events all year long, not just the first day of school for 6th graders. The WEB Leaders will visit the classrooms of 6th graders throughout the year to do some classroom guidance lessons as well as putting on holiday activities.

"We are lucky to keep this program going all year long, and this is due the amazing support of our teachers and staff." - Leslie Garza, 6th Grade Counselor

Washburn Creates Positive Culture at SCHS

Rachel Wasburn, senior at SCHS, was awarded a grant through Peace First to enhance the culture at SCHS. Rachel decided to start where most students visit daily...the bathrooms. She searched through quotes and designed logos for 4 bathrooms at Sand Creek, each with a positive outlook saying. Her and a crew of student council kiddos came in over the summer to trace and paint the designs to make the building a little more bright with positivity. She plans on revamping all of the bathrooms at SCHS during this school year.

Kindergarteners Get A Summer Visit by SRES Principal

Jim Kyner, Principal at SRES, visited almost 40 homes of up and coming Kindergarteners this past summer. During their Kindergarten Kickoff in May, families can sign up for a home visit. The kickoff is an opportunity for new families and their students to come in and see the school and kindergarten classrooms. SRES gives families registration information if needed and they are then able to learn about their new crop of students.

At his home visits, Mr. Kyner has a welcome package for the students, a book, letter chart, number chart, and sometimes other school supplies, (pencil, eraser, etc...). He also gives a reminder of important school dates and just talks with families about any questions they may have. The visits take 15 or 20 minutes.

Jim has done home visits his whole career. "I find that they help build a positive relationship with the families and students. They ease the anxiety of new students as they transition to Kindergarten and see a familiar face. It allows me to make a real connection with families and demonstrates commitment." - Jim Kyner

LINK Celebrates New Freshmen at SCHS

Freshmen at Sand Creek were welcomed by the LINK Crew on 7/31. Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. New students were given a tour of the building, learned about the school, practiced class chants and received a free "We Stay Committed" t-shirt, reinforcing the new culture of setting your post secondary goal and staying committed towards it. Teachers made a tunnel as the freshmen were let in that morning, giving out high fives and clapping them in.

SCHS Earns Endorsed Diploma for Biliteracy

Sand Creek High School is the only school in District 49 that has been approved by CDE to give students the opportunity to earn an endorsed diploma for biliteracy. The diploma encourages students to pursue biliteracy skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions. Read more about SB 17-123.

Shout Outs from the Sand Creek Zone

Parent's Corner: Online Resources

Eureka Math Resources K-5

Carolyn Merritt, Math Instructional Coach for the Sand Creek Zone, located quick tip sheets for parents to access for each module for each grade. Access these on your schools' website by going to Class & Activities: Classrooms: and then selecting your child's grade. A list of resources will be on the right hand side of the page. We hope these help you as you help your child along the way with Common Core math and a new way of experiencing math skills.

Khan Academy for PSAT/SAT Prep

This week, students will be receiving their test scores from last year in their English classes. Students will be able to link their College Board account (where scores are kept) to Khan Academy in order to receive specific lessons and activities to fill gaps and support students in increasing their scores. Khan Academy has a plethora of resources for teachers, students and parents! Check out khanacademy.org.

Upcoming Events

8/27: DAAC Meeting at CO @6pm

RES Chipotle Night

8/29: SRES Walk A Thon

8/30: PD Day (No Students)

9/2: Labor Day (No Students)

9/4: Junior/Senior Night at SCHS @6pm

9/13: SCHS Homecoming Football Game @7pm

SRES Super Day of Science

9/14: D4.9K Walk/Run

9/17: Sand Creek Zone Partners SAC Meeting at SCHS @5:30pm